yayoi kusama

issue N°3 Oct 2016

Yayoi Kusama was born in 1929, Matsumoto (Japan). Diagnosed at an early age with a nervous disorder, she found a way to deal with her intense audio-visual hallucinations through art. From the early age of 10, she began painting polka dots, which later on should become her famous trademark. Kusama herself described her early hallucinative experiences in one of her interviews:

“One day I was looking at the red flower patterns of the tablecloth on a table, and when I looked up I saw the same pattern covering the ceiling, the windows and the walls, and finally all over the room, my body and the universe. I felt as if I had begun to self-obliterate, to revolve in the infinity of endless time and the absoluteness of space, and be reduced to nothingness.“